Philip Glass Ensemble

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The Philip Glass Ensemble is a musical group founded by composer Philip Glass in 1968 to serve as a performance outlet for his experimental minimalist music. The Ensemble's instrumentation became a hallmark of Glass' early minimalist style. After Glass wrote his first opera, Einstein on the Beach, for the Ensemble in 1976, he began to compose for other instrumentation more frequently, but he still retains the core ensemble instrumentation.

While the Ensemble's exact instrumentation has varied over the years, it has generally consisted of amplified woodwinds, keyboard synthesizers, and solo soprano voice (singing solfege). The Philip Glass Ensemble continues to perform and record, under the musical direction of keyboardist Michael Riesman.

In 2011, individuals from the ensemble performed a series of concerts in an installation at the Museum of Modern Art. The group continues to perform around the world and will continue to present Mr. Glass' works. From 2012 until early 2014 the ensemble has presented, along with many other talented performers, a revival of Einstein on the Beach in Montpellier, London, Reggio Emilia, Toronto, Brooklyn, and various other cities.

Recently the ensemble has begun to perform Mr. Glass' opera, "La Belle et Le Bête" again and with the help of some very talented featured performers will present this gem worldwide.

Members[edit]

  • Michael Riesman, keyboards
  • Philip Glass, keyboards
  • Jon Gibson, woodwinds
  • Dan Dryden, audio engineer
  • Eleanor Sandresky, keyboards
  • Nelson Padgett, keyboards
  • Ted Baker, keyboards
  • Lisa Bielawa, voice
  • Andrew Sterman, woodwinds
  • Mick Rossi, percussion, keyboards
  • Frank Cassara, percussion
  • Stephen Erb, audio engineer (partially disabled during "Einstein on the Beach")
  • David Crowell, woodwinds
  • Dan Bora, audio engineer


Featured Vocalists in "La Belle et Le Bête":

  • Gregory Purnhagen, baritone
  • Peter Stewart, bass
  • Marie Mascari, soprano
  • Hai-Ting Chin, mezzo-soprano
  • Alexandra Montano, mezzo-soprano (deceased)
  • Janice Felty, mezzo-soprano (still active in the opera world)
  • Anna-Maria Martinez, soprano (still active in opera world)


Former Ensemble Members:

  • Martin Goldray, keyboards (retired)
  • Richard Peck, woodwinds (retired)
  • Jack Kripl, woodwinds (retired)
  • Richard Landry, woodwinds (retired)
  • Joan La Barbara, voice (retired)
  • Iris Hiskey, voice (retired)
  • Dora Ohrenstein, voice (retired)
  • Kurt Munkacsi, audio engineer (now producer)

Films[edit]

Games[edit]

  • 2008 - Pruit Igoe and prophecies. Grand Theft Auto 4